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Last updated: 22 May 2024
Ryan Tucker 22 May 2024
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  • North QLD Cowboys vs Wests Tigers expert predictions for Friday’s Round 12 NRL game
  • North QLD can achieve back-to-back wins for the first time since rounds 2-3
  • Recent form favors Cowboys with 4 wins in the last 6 head-to-head matches
Tom Dearden
Tom Dearden of the Cowboys (Getty Images)

North Queensland Cowboys vs Wests Tigers Preview

Neither team is in great or consistent form but North Queensland can get back to back wins for the first time since rounds 2-3 in which is tipped to be a big game for State of Origin hopeful Tom Dearden.
  • North Queensland Cowboys vs Wests Tigers Preview
  • Head to Head 
  • North Queensland Cowboys Form
  • North Queensland Cowboys Team News
  • North Queensland Cowboys Team List
  • Wests Tigers Form
  • Wests Tigers Team News
  • Wests Tigers Team List

  • The Cowboys average over 34 points in their 4 wins this season
  • The Tigers average just 12 points in their last 6 games
  • 7 of the last 9 games and the last 4 in a row have all been high scoring going Over the Game Total
  • All 10 of the Tigers games this season have gone Under, time to break the trend
  • Tom Dearden has scored first in two of the last 4 games against Wests

Head to Head 

These two teams have met nine times since the beginning of the 2019 season with the Tigers edging the overall head to head 5-4.

North Queensland have the better recent form, winning four of the last six clashes. 

Last year’s games saw Wests winning 66-18 in the first matchup before the Cowboys ran out 74-0 winners in the return match.

North Queensland Cowboys Form

The Cowboys returned to their winning ways with a solid victory over the Rabbitohs at Magic Round. It was a game of momentum with each team owning periods of the game and scoring tries. 

But it was the dominant second half performance which saw North Queensland own 67% of the Territory with only 44% of Possession, scoring two tries to extend their half time lead and seal the victory.

North QLD missed 42 tackles in the match and with Souths having more than their share of Tackles Inside the Cowboys 20m (48) it is a testament to their goal line defence that the opposition score wasn’t bigger.

North Queensland Cowboys Team News

The Cowboys are unchanged following their win over Souths last weekend. Kyle Feldt is pressing for a return from an ankle injury and may be a late inclusion for Braidon Burns.

North Queensland Cowboys Team List

1. Scott Drinkwater
2. Braidon Burns
3. Valentine Holmes
4. Villiami Vailea
5. Murray Taulagi
6. Tom Dearden
7. Chad Townsend
8. Jordan McLean
9. Reece Robson
10. Griffin Neame
11. Heilum Luki
12. Jeremiah Nanai
13. Reuben Cotter

14. Sam McIntyre
15. Thomas Mikaele
16. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki
17. Jason Taumalolo

18. Jake Granville
19. Jake Clifford
20. Harrison Edwards
21. Kyle Feldt
22. Jaxon Purdue

Wests Tigers Form

Despite a majority of the Territory and Possession in last weekend’s game against the Dolphins the Tigers again found a way to lose the game. 

Wests racked up 1448 Run Metres and were Tackled Inside 20m of the Dolphins 38 times but came away with only 2 tries.

They even had fewer Errors than their opponent but again it was the lack of creativity in attack and periods of ill discipline in defence which saw them throw away the game.

Wests Tigers Team News

The Tigers have a host of players out with long term injuries or suspension. Both centres received bans following foul play last weekend, Declan Casey and Josh Feledy are the new pairing. 

Galvin and Sullivan continue as the halves with Sezer still suspended. Alex Twal returns to the bench with Justin Matamua slotting in at lock as Isaiah Papali’i returns to the backrowt. Asu Kepaoa is out of the team.

Wests Tigers Team List

1. Jahream Bula
2. Charlie Staines
3. Declan Casey
4. Josh Feledy
5. Solomon Alaimalo
6. Lachlan Galvin
7. Jayden Sullivan
8. Stefano Utoikamanu
9. Api Koroisau
10. David Klemmer
11. Isaiah Papali'i
12. Samuela Fainu
13. Justin Matamua

14. Jake Simpkin
15. Alex Twal
16. Alex Seyfarth
17. Fonua Pole

18. Sione Fainu
19. Alex Lobb
20. Tallyn Da Silva
21. Tony Sukkar
22. Solomona Faataape


Cowboys have won big in all their victories this season and I'm backing them to take the points and cover the line in this game.

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